Fav D’s Contests:More Fun Than Voting on Blog Awards?

23 11 2007

In honor of the holiday blitz-en now officially underway, Favorite Daughter announces two contests (for worst Christmas song and worst Christmas movie) — nominations open at Snook Too now.

Not to influence you or anything,  but here is Young Son’s perennial favorite, which I’m pretty sure is one of my “worst ever” nominations and a twofer to boot (fits both categories):

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9 responses

24 11 2007
Nance Confer

So much schlock to choose from, so little time. . . 🙂

Nance

24 11 2007
Alasandra

I am still trying to decide which Christmas/Holiday song I detest the most. There are so many to choose from.

25 11 2007
notjunecleaver

Perhaps “Walking Around In Women’s Underwear” (to the tune of Walking In a Winter Wonderland)? Nah. That one is just too funny.

25 11 2007
JJ

Thinking about all the standards, I realized how many are about the weather, and it’s always Yankee weather too, not suitable for Florida nostalgia. According to the Teaching Company’s free-gift “history of Christmas” lectures, that’s no doubt because our American holiday observance derives from Victorian England:

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And y’all might enjoy this Florida mom’s take on December traditions that don’t fit us here.

25 11 2007
JJ

NotJC – but walking around in women’s underwear would make the perfect post-terrorist holiday theme song, if we just update how the dainties are to be worn, during travel home for the holidays (on our heads) . . .

25 11 2007
Dawn

For movies…”Jingle All The Way,” starring Sinbad or the live action, ”How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Not sure about songs though I did hear Celine Dion attempt to warble her way through Ave Maria and it was truly awful. But that’s more worst performance.

30 11 2007
JJ

Speaking of Celine Dion, she sang for the Rockefeller Center tree lighting tv special, and one of my personal worst songs was sung by Ashley Tisdale on that same show. The endlessly recycled chorus goes:
“Last Christmas I gave you my heart
But the very next day you gave it away
So this Christmas to save me from tears,
I’ll give it to someone special.”

FavD and I love to mock this song. Why would a guy take one girl’s heart and give it as a Christmas gift to another girl?? But say he did, then how did the first girl get it back to give again — was there a rumble for it? Did she pick it up at the pawn shop? And having once gotten it back all third-hand and worse for wear, how special a gift will it be this year?

30 11 2007
JJ

(I confess to really liking Jingle All the Way!)

Just found this fun quiz link at the Gookins — which Christmas movie is your family’s real Christmas most like?

30 11 2007
JJ

Your Christmas is Most Like: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Each year, you really get into the spirit of Christmas.
Which is much more important to you than nifty presents.

What Movie Is Your Christmas Most Like?

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